At Meadowlands Country Club, 110 people enjoyed golf and other activities, then attended a dinner where long-time Philadelphia Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese spoke, and supplemental resources were raised for the Jewish Federation-supported Jewish Relief Agency.
For many years, one sure sign of summer has been Jewish Community Days at country clubs around Greater Philadelphia. Last week, two clubs continued this tradition, bringing community members together to enjoy the outdoors, socialize and raise funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and its work to improve the community.
On June 6, at Meadowlands Country Club in Blue Bell, 110 people — club members and others — enjoyed golf and other activities, then attended a dinner where long-time Philadelphia Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese spoke, and supplemental resources were raised for the Jewish Federation-supported Jewish Relief Agency, which mobilizes volunteers to help alleviate hunger in the community.
Lisa Goldenberg and Joe Greco chaired. The event was hosted by Meadowlands Country Club and its new owner, Jewish Federation Real Estate member Bruce Goodman.
Goldenberg said: “It is nice to take golf and make it into something so meaningful. The day built terrific camaraderie among men and women of all different ages, and there also was terrific ruach. This was a truly special day devoted entirely to our Jewish community.”
Greco noted: “Our members appreciate that the same good fortune enabling enjoyment of country club life brings with it a responsibility to always help those in need. This largess, generosity and compassion extends to the Jewish community and others, locally, in Israel and globally. Our heritage teaches us to be charitable for many good reasons and because we can. Sustaining for 63 years a Jewish Federation Jewish Community Day at Meadowlands facilitates the mitzvah.”
On June 9, nearly 200 people at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill enjoyed a day and night filled with golf, tennis and dinner, as well as a talk by and dialogue with Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Schanzer educated the attendees on how to advocate for Israel and especially how to handle anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation to Frank Ash of the Ralph Snyder Award – a Green Valley recognition of years of service to the Jewish community. In addition, there was a highly successful fundraising effort for a kindergarten at Nevatim Air Force Base in Israel.
Jeff and Sheryl Bartos chaired the event; Brad and Kimi Sokol served as vice chairs. “Green Valley members have a great tradition of providing leadership and support to the Jewish Community Fund and the Jewish community here and in Israel,” said Jeff Bartos. “Sheryl and I are proud to do our part and continue this great tradition.”